Gloucester drawn at home in first Champions Cup play-off but Madness concert will prevent them playing at Kingsholm again if they win

  • Gloucester win coin toss for home advantage in Champions Cup play-off
  • The Challenge Cup winner will face Celtic League side on May 24
  • Winner has home fixture against seventh-placed French side on May 31
  • Madness concert on May 30 means Gloucester would play at Worcester

Gloucester have secured home advantage in the first play-off fixture to secure a European Champions Cup spot next season - but a Madness concert could hinder their chances of qualifying should they progress.

Gloucester confirmed their place as England's representatives to contest the 20th and final qualifying berth by lifting the European Challenge Cup with victory over Edinburgh in last Friday's final.

After winning the toss for home advantage, Gloucester's Kingsholm will host the May 24 play-off encounter against the highest-placed Guinness PRO12 club that has not already secured automatic Champions Cup qualification, tournament organisers announced.

Gloucester celebrate their Challenge Cup success over Edinburgh at Twickenham Stoop last weekend

Gloucester celebrate their Challenge Cup success over Edinburgh at Twickenham Stoop last weekend

Veteran English ska band Madness are set to play at Gloucester's Kingsholm stadium on May 30

Veteran English ska band Madness are set to play at Gloucester's Kingsholm stadium on May 30

The winners will then meet the French Top 14's seventh-placed finishers on May 31 to complete the 2015-16 Champions Cup line-up.

If they win the opening play-off, Gloucester will again have home advantage - but at Worcester's Sixways Stadium, rather than Kingsholm, as Kingsholm is staging a Madness pop concert the previous day.

'We are delighted to have won the toss to stage the first fixture, and now look forward to seeing who we will meet in that game,' Gloucester chief executive Stephen Vaughan told the club's official website.

'Should we win that match, and no-one is taking anything for granted, we have had to make contingency plans for the second play-off game, and that contingency would be for us to play at Sixways Stadium in Worcester.

Should Gloucester progress they will play a French side at Worcester's Sixways and not Kingsholm (above)

Should Gloucester progress they will play a French side at Worcester's Sixways and not Kingsholm (above)

'When we finalised our concert schedule for the summer, there was no prospect of a play-off fixture on this weekend, and the clash, while unfortunate, is unavoidable.

'Based on the information at hand at the time and historic dates for European games, it was the correct thing to do for the club at that point in time.

'We have looked into various options for the second play-off game should we qualify, and decided, after due consideration, that playing the game at Worcester would be the best option. We are very grateful to Worcester Warriors for potentially accommodating us.'